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De­spite the combo mis­match, on Westech’s chas­sis dyno the Bronco de­liv­ered 338.4 lb-ft at 3,900 rpm, with 269.3 hp on tap at 4,700 rpm. To mus­cle­car guys, th­ese num­bers may seem low, but Rhee in­sists,

“We usu­ally see on trucks with huge wheels and tires, the rear­wheel num­bers are much lower than the fly­wheel num­bers if the same mo­tor was tested on an en­gine dyno—mainly due to rolling re­sis­tance and tire weight, not nec­es­sar­ily ve­hi­cle weight. So, in my ex­pe­ri­ence, you’re re­ally look­ing at 444 fly­wheel hp here.”

In any event, the no-longer­buck­ing Bronco now drives smoothly and ev­ery­thing works.

The en­gine combo could use a larger cam to match the heads. The truck al­ready has steep gears, but there’s still room for growth with a higher-stall torque con­verter. For Mr. T, the Bronco is ev­ery­thing he wanted and more: “I’m so grate­ful! I’m over­joyed to see it run­ning.”

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